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Sources Tell WTOL In Toledo Native Among the Dead at VA Tech

Granata. Photo Courtesy: VA Tech Granata. Photo Courtesy: VA Tech

BLACKSBURG, VIRGINIA -- Victims of the massacre at Virginia Tech are being identified by those who knew them.  Sources tell News 11 that Toledo native Kevin Granata was one of two professors killed by the gunman's bullets. He was a Virginia Tech professor who conducted orthopedic research at the University of Virginia and other institutions before coming to Tech.

Granata was a 1980 graduate of St. Francis de Salles in Toledo.

University Police say Cho Seung-Hui, a student at Virginia Tech, shot and killed two people in a dorm room, and 30 others in a classroom before taking his own life.  At least 15 people were hurt, some seriously.  Students were locked in their classrooms while police teams stormed the classroom building where the shootings happened.

Engineering department chief Ishwar Puri says Granata was one of the top five biomechanics researchers in the country working on movement dynamics in cerebral palsy.  According to Virginia Tech's web site, Granata earned a Ph.D. in biomechanics from The Ohio State University in 1993, a Master of Science degree from Purdue University in 1986, and a Bachelor of Science degree in physics and electrical engineering from The Ohio State University in 1984.

Granata's office was in Norris Hall, where the shootings happened.  This spring, he was teaching courses in biometrics and control, and also doing research work.  He was also an assistant editor of the Journal of Applied Biomechanics.  Granata also published dozens of studies and research papers.  He also received several grants to fund scientific research.

Granata still has several relatives in the Toledo area.

Another professor killed was Liviu Librescu, a Romanian who was known internationally for his research in aeronautical engineering.  Puri says Librescu's research made aircraft better.

Among the students killed was Ryan Clark, a student from Martinez, Georgia.  A coroner in Georgia says Clark had several majors and a 4.0 GPA.

A witness tells The Washington Post the gunman was about 19 years old and had a "very serious but very calm look on his face."

On the Web:
Virginia Tech Biography of Dr. Kevin Granata:

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Story and pictures provided by WTOL Raycom media. The Associated Press contributed to this report.

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